Music program for families of preschoolers


Bryant Belin
Bryant Belin

Educator Bryant Belin, will lead the Kindermusik Family Time curriculum, “Our Kind of Day.”

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Published: Friday, January 4, 2013 at 4:20 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 4, 2013 at 4:20 p.m.

Tryon Fine Arts Center will offer a new musical learning program for families with children — Family Time — beginning Jan. 12.

The new curriculum, created by Kindermusik, is designed to apply musical and developmental learning in a multi-age, multichild, family environment.

Kindermusik educator Bryant Belin is teaching the program designed for children newborn to age 7.

In a one-room schoolhouse environment, Family Time helps children develop musical skills, as well as the social skills necessary to share, take turns and strengthen the emotional bond among family members.

“This is a great way for parents with children of various ages to spend time together, doing one activity as a family,” Belin says. “The little ones watch the older ones, and learn from them.”

The program Belin will present is called “Our Kind of Day,” which teaches that music time isn’t just at music class, it’s all day long. The curriculum strengthens bonds between family members by sprinkling music and movement throughout playtime, mealtime, cleanup time, bath time and nighttime. At each lesson, parents are given ideas for creativity and insights into their child’s development.

Over the course of nine weeks, each 45-minute lesson is packed with singing, listening, story time, puppet play, creative movement, instrument play, family jams and sharing.

The Family Time class includes a set of at-home materials, which features two children’s books, two instruments, two CDs of songs and activities, a family activity book, as well as two puppets that are featured in the class. Classes will continue on Saturdays through March 9. Cost is $ 80.

To register, call 828-859-8322, Ext. 21, email marianne@tryonarts.org or visit www.tryonarts.org for more information.

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